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: assume, appropriate, usurp
accroach to themselves royal power— William Stubbs
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14th century, in the meaning defined above
Middle English acrochen to draw, acquire, from Middle French acrochier, from a- (from Latin ad-) + crochier to hook, get hold of, from croc hook, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse krōkr hook
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